MANCHESTER City will travel to the FA Cup quarter-finals against Southampton on Sunday (20/3) night WIB.
Ahead of the match scheduled to take place at St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton, England, City manager Pep Guardiola said his team was very excited and would try to reach the FA Cup semifinals.
“I know how difficult it is to travel to Southampton. We have to prepare, travel well and compete well and progress,” said Guardiola, quoted from the club’s official website, Saturday (19/3).
“I want to do what we have done so far. We have to focus on the details that we will play against Southampton, they form and move differently unlike Crystal Palace (against City in the previous game) and you have to adapt to the movements they make. ,” he said.
“The most important thing is that we have to be ourselves in that game,” he said.
The FA Cup is one of three competitions City are in for this season, with City also top of the Premier League and facing Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Winning three trophies (FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League) is not an easy achievement, so far only one English team has managed to do that, Manchester United in 1999.
Guardiola also admits that it will be a difficult journey to win all three, especially with Liverpool now just one point away in the Premier League table. However, Guardiola said his squad will not give up and is optimistic they can achieve it.
“If United can do it once, then it can happen again and other clubs can do it,” said Guardiola.
“When you break a record or something, it’s because someone has done it before. So when it happens, other teams can do it too. It won’t be easy but you can do it, of course.”
“On the other hand, it may only happen once in a lifetime so that shows how difficult it is to achieve that,” he said.
While City are looking to lift three trophies at once this season, at Southampton coach Ralph Hasenhuttl says his squad will lose Alex McCarthy and Lyanco ahead of the FA Cup quarter-finals through injury.
However Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed that the other players namely Tino Livramento and Nathan Tella have returned to training and are available. The update certainly provides a positive boost for the Southampton manager and his team, who are looking to advance to the FA Cup semi-finals for the second season in a row.
“The team is fit. We only had two injuries with Alex McCarthy and Lyanco. Everyone has returned to training so I have a lot of opportunities and have to prepare the right composition of players,” said Hasenhuttl quoted from the club’s official website.
“It’s a tough draw for us, but hopefully it’s also tough for them (City). We’ve shown before that we can draw against them, but now we have to win.” )
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